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Can You Have Sex If You Have An Artificial Heart
Couples often worry about having sex during pregnancy. They may be afraid that having sex could cause a miscarriage or harm the baby. It is best to talk to your doctor or nurse midwife about your specific situation to make sure you are considered at low risk for complications such a ...Read more
Artificial heart: Until recently there wasn't a small enough portable power system for an artificial heart to allow activity such as jogging. Stationary bicycle riding is possible. There may be jogging possible with artificial hearts in the future but I don't believe the present clinical equipment state along with the medication state allows it. ...Read more
Yes/No ask Specilsts: I will assume you are female.If you are fertile, conception is possible. The demands of a pregnancy on the body are many & it would likely end life for both of you.The meds you take to manage your health may also produce defects in a fetus. A frank discussion of your hopes with your treatment team is important. They can give you a better idea of your personal risks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not available yet: Yes, one of them is the Carmat. They are not commercially available yet. ...Read more
What is causing me to be so tired all the time. I am 49 years old, have an artificial heart valve, and thyroid tested normal range.
I have an artificial heart valve and was wondering if there is an alternative to warfarin out there?
YES: Ask your CARDIOLOGIST if one of the newer anticoagulants is right for you! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more
Blood clots can form: All artificial surfaces are more likely to cause blood to clot than the natural lining (called endothelium) of blood vessels or the heart. If a clot forms in the heart, a piece may break off + travel to the brain, causing a stroke. To prevent clotting, blood thinners are used with an artificial heart, + there is risk of bleeding. Natural is always better than artificial, if there is a choice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It could be: If you are talking about a topic for a thesis then yes. Artificial hearts or vads (ventricular assist devices) have changed the way we approach heart failure and have the potential for huge impacts in the future including costs. The heart lung machine which is temporary support has had a tremendous impact on the treatment of heart disease since the 1950's which it was developed. ...Read more
Artificial heart: Long discussion of this one to be reasonably complete...but.....in the simplest way without exposition of the complications in the decision making(and there are many).......when the patient will die without it. BUT it isn't that simple........ ...Read more
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